SBI Thursday Rewind: Johannsson's hurt ankle; USMNT's fall in FIFA rankings; and more

SBI Thursday Rewind: Johannsson's hurt ankle; USMNT's fall in FIFA rankings; and more

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SBI Thursday Rewind: Johannsson's hurt ankle; USMNT's fall in FIFA rankings; and more

Aron Johannsson

By TATE STEINLAGE 

Like Jozy Altidore, U.S. forward Aron Johannsson was dealing with an injury throughout the World Cup. However, on Thursday AZ Alkmaar team director Earnie Stewart confirmed that Johannsson was dealing with his knock before the tournament ever kicked off. That could be the reason why the 23-year-old forward was limited to just 67 minutes in four matches for the Americans.

Staying with the U.S., manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad exceeded many expectations at the World Cup by making it out the “Group of Death” and nearly taking Belgium to penalty kicks. However, the Americans’ effort wasn’t enough to see its stock rise in the latest FIFA rankings. The United States fell two spots to No. 15, while fellow CONCACAF rival Costa Rica jumped 12 spots to No. 16 after an incredible tournament run which ended in the quarterfinals. On the heels of its fourth World Cup title, Germany jumped Argentina to take the top spot.

In Major League Soccer, Sporting Kansas City continues to find success despite not having used the same roster twice in 2014. Much of that success can be attributed to the play of midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who has been a consistent force in the reigning MLS champions’ midfield. That was no more evident than in Wednesday’s 2-1 stoppage-time victory in Columbus against the Crew, where Feilhaber scored the game-winning goal with a beauty of a strike.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI Thursday:

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 

Johannsson entered World Cup with ankle knock

USMNT falls two spots to No. 15 in latest FIFA Rankings

U-20 USMNT crush Bermuda in second game of NTC Invitational

Altidore labels World Cup injury lowest point of his career

Report: USMNT in talks with Ecuador over October friendly

USMNT wins 2014 ESPY for “Best Moment”

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER 

Galaxy thrash Revs behind braces from Keane, Zardes

Must See-Video: Mike Magee’s Day Off Outtakes and Deleted Scenes

Must-See Goal: Benny Feilhaber

Cahill claims 2014 ESPY for MLS Best Athlete

MLS Ticker: Pfeffer reportedly added to Homegrown Game; Red Bulls vs. Arsenal to be nationally televised; and more

Feilhaber developing into Sporting KC’s most consistent performer

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Schedule announced for U.S.-based Copa Centroamericano

 

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